Now, child psychologists are being given a new directive which is that the age range they work with is increasing from 18 to 25 years. Read more here.
There are three stages of adolescence—early adolescence from 12-14 years, middle adolescence from 15-17 years and late adolescence from 18 years and over. Neuroscience has shown that a young person's cognitive development continues into this later stage and that their emotional maturity, self-image and judgment will be affected until the prefrontal cortex of the brain has fully developed.
Some young people may want to stay longer with their families. Perhaps they need more support during these formative years. All young people don't develop at the same pace.
My brother-in-law and his wife have taken their son back into their home after he left to live with his girlfriend. They were struggling, so the solution was for them both to move back to his large home. Both families are living together comfortably with the retired parents gaining extra help and companionship, while the younger people are working and gaining free lodgings.
I left home at 18 to marry my first love. By the time I was 23, I had three children. If I could re-live my time, I wouldn't have been so headstrong. And yet, my family circumstances weren't ideal so perhaps my choices were limited. My sisters both married well and are prosperous.
What are your experiences as a young person? When did you feel ready to be independent?